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Kumari takes two weightlifting golds


IndiaĎs athletes continued their strong challenge in the womenís weightlifting competition with more medals on Thursday, this time in the 63kgs category.


Pratima Kumari won the overall gold medal plus gold in the clean and jerk. The third gold medal in the competition, for the snatch, was claimed by Pascale Dorcelus (CAN), who tied with Kumari with a lift of 87.5kg but took the medal on bodyweight advantage.

Kumariís team-mate, Prasmita Mangaraj, won silver in the overall and clean and jerk categories and took bronze in snatch. There was also a powerful performance by 17-year-old Christine Girard (CAN) who took the bronze medal in the clean and jerk with a lift of 100 kg.

As the competition developed, the crowd reserved a special welcome for Annette Campbell (ENG), 40, who was returning to competition after more than five years out because of a ruptured cruciate ligament in her left leg. Campbell responded with an 80kg lift in the snatch to take fourth place and a personal best of 97.5kg in the clean and jerk.

In the decisive stages of the snatch, Mangaraj peaked at 85 kg but Dorcelus and Kumari both managed lifts of 87.5kg. Kumari tried to clinch the gold with an 90kg effort but her failure switched the medal to Dorcelus S.

Girarís opening lift of 100kg in the clean and jerk was sufficient to secure bronze in the final analysis. It soon became clear that Mangaraj and Kumari were battling for the gold medal and Kumari had three good lifts ending with 117.5kg to assure herself of gold.

The two Indian medals in the overall category took their total across all the lifting disciplines so far to 18.

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